Lawrence Wilson at 6'1 226 LBS is a tackle machine to put it one way. He was suppose to be a redshirt freshman but was forced on the field due to injury. Once he suited up for Uconn he was an instant force on the defense. Freshman year Wilson put up 113 tackles with 8.5 for a loss and 1 interception. Wilson only put up 73 tackles his sophmore year but was still second on his team but more importantly showed his knack for making big plays. In the 2009 season Wilson stepped his game back up to expected levels with 140 tackles, 11 for loss and 5 sacks. His 2010 season was very close to the previous years showing a level of consistency.
Lawrence has a great abillity to get in the backfield and make plays. He is without a doubt one of the most athletic linebackers in this years class. Wilson has great instincts and seems to have a nack for being around the ball. Posseses excellent speed allowing him to play side line to side line. He has good cover skills to play against tight ends and running backs. Wilson is great in pursuit and has very good hustle. Lawrance has ecellent movment and abillity to shift in traffic and has experince as a 4 year starter. Wilson also has a good abillity to strip the ball with 6 fumbles the last 2 seasons.
Wilson is small for his postion to be a true NFL OLB he will need to bulk up and lacks the length most guys at his postion have. He is not a big hitting linebacker and has tendency to try and be over agressive. Wilson needs to improve his technique he has a tendency to get caught up in blocks. Wilson is projected in rounds 3-4 and still ranks among the top 10 in OLB's in this draft.
Lawrence is a very underated athlete and seems like the perfect type of player for the Lions. Slightly undersized posses alot of speed and hustle. He has the abillity to be a factor in coverage and is a monster when it comes to tackling. He can greatly improve a run defense and a good price because of what he lacks in the physical department. He can bulk up with good tranning and be coached to improve technique and his over agressiveness can be fixed. Wilson has some of the same tools that Carter and Matthews posses just not the same physical attributes to go along. Could be a fantastic sleeper pick going into the draft and would fit are system well I belive.